Nicole Kidman for Jim Choo: Every Woman should reinvent themselves

ImageI have waited for this moment, the moment when a woman in her 40’s redefines sexy and has every girl literally dying to become a woman. Nicole Kidman became the new lead lady for Jimmy Choo shoes. In their Autumn campaign she left us speechless with her new look.

The hair was an amazing, modern adaptation of the bob, with very vibrant copper shades that looked utterly amazing against her porcelain skin and piercing blue eyes.

This is what every woman should aspire to be or at least look like, soft, sexy, and mysterious, from the top of her head to the bottom of her shoe.Image Flawless!


Racism: are hair salons guilty?


‘RACISM/THERE IS MORE TO LEARN’ Dominic Jacques (Photo credit: jacquesy_m)

In searching for hair salons, “hidden racism” can be as visibly lethal as the water fountains with the signs “whites only” and “coloreds only”.

Salons clearly defining what race it serves, even at times opting out of servicing clients based on race, and I say “opting out” because in every cosmetology school all hair types are covered thoroughly. In every race there exist an array of textures defined by cosmetology terms as fine, medium and course, and not ethnicity. So if it is hair styling that  salons are specializing in, then every client, despite race, should be able to walk into any hair salon across America and be serviced.

It is my goal in writing this article to shed some light on the vermin like behavior of racism in my industry. Exposing such behavior will present my colleagues with an opportunity of observation of what could be conditioned behavior if not premeditated.

I have encountered racism personally, as a hairstylist, even tho I specialize in all hair types, even tho I possess a clientele as diverse as the country we live in. No matter how skilled I am, I am often met with the surprise look from a referral, job opportunity, etc. with statement of “oh, your Mario, didn’t know you were black”.  Actually these very words were spoken to me by a salon owner in Beverly Hills.

I wanted to keep silent, but it would allow this dreadful disease to continue to lay silently in the foundation of my industry. Silence is the hindrance of change, and I was never the person who believed that in the thought process of “that’s the way things are”.

Before, During, and After this election I would succumb to racism as I watched silently as clients of coworkers would consciously make racist comments about Obama, with eyes focused on me. I would say “good morning” to clients of others and would get no reply but a glare. I would watch as clients walked into the salon and noticed me and ask if there were any other stylist and then specify “race”. I would be denied employment with underlying pigments of racism.

I would enter salons and be met with an immediate per-requisite for employment, “are you a colorist?”. This questions would imply that salons were hiring for positions or hair colorist to fill their obviously empty chairs, right! But when I would answer “yes” it would be to their dismay. Stereotypically black stylist aren’t perceived nor do hold any representational positions as hair colorist in the hair industry, so it is a silent killer for employment in affluent salons or salons not wanting to hire black hairdressers or service black clients. .

Yes, in such a diverse place as Beverly Hills or the affluent areas of LA, I would see the hidden racism come to an outright cry of ugliness.

Artistic Design Teams of major hair companies do not encompass blacks in position of lead colorist or hair cutting, not because they do not exist. There are a few blacks who have “broken down doors” where there should never have been doors. Irene Mikel, Ted Gibson are two that I can think of.

Maybe there are some being entertained now, but the lack of presence echos a mindset of what companies perceive as “beauty” in the hair industry.

Let me state adamantly, my experiences with some salons in the area does not reflect the views of all. There are several hair salons in the area where 1 or 2 black people on staff, however I refuse to believe the measure of presence is due to a lack of “black hair colorist” or skill set.

It became clear that opportunity in my industry despite skills, professionalism and ethics can be outweighed by skin color and stereotyping.

Polar opposite in the racial spectrum being all black and they created their own opportunity by establishing a haven for black hairstylist and creating opportunities for others.  Elgin Charles Salon being the anchor for opportunity for black hairstylist in Beverly Hills.

I am sure when I post this it will start a mass inclusion of blacks in these companies to reflect a more diverse team for public observation, and if so then I would have done my part in the fight for equality.

Why are there salons that are “coincidentally” all “black” or all “white” or all “?” ?

The silent signs of “white only” and “black only” etc. are all but coincidental. Social injustice, Segregation, Discrimination, community conditioning are just some of “weeds” that grow in peoples mind that may justify their behavior. But like so many I am still baffled, although I understand it, it stills alarms me.

I would love to believe like every other American who voted for equality, we are moving in the right direction as a country to eradicate any discrimination. “Equality for all” was echoed ever so clear in the re-election of President Obama, a black president that the majority of Americans no longer want to continue in this path of exclusion as most of America will become the minority.

Wherever I am in life, personal, professional or recreational, the thought never crosses my mind that “I am Black” until someone holding a position of “unfair advantage” makes it very clear. I am okay with being black, poor, not the norm, gay, or whatever other label society might use to label me. What I am not okay with is not doing my part to create awareness, thought, and helping to end the segregation, in hair salons.  That is why I personal choose to never work for a company that does not embrace diversity in staff or clientele.  I presently work in a hair salon that is small but huge in diversity. Russian, Black, Asian etc. and amazing hair artist, gratefully.

We are all beautiful, and I will continue to diversify my chair and join with any company that reflects this journey.


Fall hair color trends: brunette

You can tell alot about a girl by her hair color?

When she’s feeling playful, sexy, confident or if she has a balance between work and play.

Like the gorgeous Kristen Steward of Twilight, the choice of brunette as a haircolor could very well be a clear statement of her W O M A N-hood as a movement. A woman in that definative moment of internal confidence, sex appeal, and control will suddenly be coiffed in chocolate brown hair, laced with subtle hints of copper or gold leaf.

Out of a mere feeling the choice of brunette (brown) haircolor creates a sense of security, balance, an earthy feeling in a woman’s life.

So why does brown hair color create such strong emotion between sexy, expressive, confidence and balance? A report of study by the University of Liege in Belgium, scientist state: “color composition, on emotion brain processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The results of their study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the colour of light influences the way the brain processes emotional stimuli”

So what does the hair color of a brunette say? Well without a word it instantly gives feelings of stability, structure, wholesomeness, comfort, and when you add a little warmth, often noted by haircolorist in terms of caramel, honey etc., it can become all of the above with a big hint of sexy. Gravitate towards the “natural” or cool shades of brown, uh oh, watch out because you may become as distant as the moon. Too much structure in a girl can make her unapproachable.

So when you choose Brunette haircolor there is a reason or let’s say now you have a reason. when thinking about Chocolate or Brunette color for your next appointment try discussing with your colorist your lifestyle and the message you want to wear! and remember even when you are not speaking, your hair says it all.